I've Done A Month Of Duolingo, How Do I Feel?
Firstly, I want to say that I absolutely love Duolingo and what It has to offer. It's fun, interactive, immersive, and most of all It's motivating.
I have been using Duolingo for about thirty minutes a day. When I first get on I immediately strengthen everything that Isn't gold. Then I learn on average about two whole lessons. I feel that It is very important to re-gold everything before learning a new lesson.
My vocabulary Is very good considering that I've been doing Duolingo for only thirty two days. Duolingo teaches you all the necessary words you need to know and drills It Into your head.
Regarding grammar, I'm a little disappointed. I feel like I will need to get a grammar book and just study It, but that's probably just me, it's different for everybody.
Duolingo gives you a very good start in learning your target language, but don't think it will make you fluent. It will only give you a basic structure, which is very important when you begin to get better at your target language.
Websites I Recommend To Help You With Your Language Learning:
FrenchPod101.com- Helps with speaking
FluentU- Cost money but it's amazing, helps with speaking
Memrise- Helps with Vocabulary
News In Slow French- Helps with writing and reading and Vocab
Netflix- Change language In french and watch your favorite shows! Don't forget to add subtitles.
Thanks! Hope this helps!
I agree with your assessment of Duolingo. I also review every day before I learn something new. I have had some French before, a few years ago, and I find that Duolingo is fine for reviewing the things I used to know, but if some new grammar appears, I am lost and feel like I have to get a book to really understand. I'm also finding some disagreement with what I learned in my French classes (taught by native speakers) and Duolingo. Duolingo says I am level 8 and 28% fluency after only 7 days, which is a joke. I am no where near 28% fluent. That is my problem. I am looking for something to help with my listening comprehension, which is awful, so I will check out some of your links. I can recommend News in Slow French, too.
I prefer RFI's Journal en francais facile to News in Slow French. It is harder initially, but after the initial climb, I feel it is more useful for building listening comprehension. NISF will walk you through the stories, but after 4-5 episodes the handholding was not worth it to me.
As for grammar, having a book is useful to consult, but there is no substitute for repeated patterns. Think about how grammar operates as a pattern in your native language - for most people, it feels less like a set of rules that you know how to follow than just 'sounding right', almost like a musical note. Which again is why I like the daily iteration of RFI's Journal, simply hearing the way ideas are expressed builds that automatic recognition and use of patterns.
That connects with my own experience of learning languages. My French vocabulary is probably 10x my Spanish, but having lived and worked in Spanish but never French, my Spanish 'intuition' is much better. I can think in Spanish, I have never managed that in French.
Thank you for the tip. I found the link. It's at
It looks like it is free.
It is also on iTunes, so I get it downloaded automatically every day and listen to it while I walk.
And very close to level 16.
8832 XP in 32 days = 276 XP per day. That is a lot, but with the timed exercises, it is easier to reach.